Photos of the Year 2011
May 2: Madonna, Beyonce, and Taylor Swift attend the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A who's who of Hollywood's elite and fashion's most coveted -- including music stars like Madonna, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Rihanna, Beyoncé and more -- hit the red carpet in New York City on Monday night (May 2) for the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala Benefit.

This year's event, "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty," honored the work of the late designer, who committed suicide in February 2010 at age 40.

Photos: Met Costume Gala 2011

"I miss him terribly, not only as a person but as a designer," said a visibly emotional Madonna, who was wearing a gown by Stella McCartney.

"I think the fashion business is a little bit dull without him and I loved his provocative punk rock attitude. I think his designs were brilliant. I think he was brilliant. And I hope he's having fun wherever he is right now."

Many celebrities who attend the Met Gala are escorted by the designer who dressed them. Francois-Henri Pinault, chief executive of luxury conglomerate PPR, and his wife, Salma Hayek, served as the event's honorary chairs. Colin Firth, designer Stella McCartney and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour were vice chairs.

Others who walked the red carpet included Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony, "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest with girlfriend Julianne Hough, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Keri Hilson, Fergie, Ciara, and "Glee's" Dianna Aragon and Leah Michele.

Also in attendance was the successor to McQueen at his fashion house, Sarah Burton, who also designed Kate Middleton's wedding dress,

The "Savage Beauty" exhibit will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from May 4 to July 31.